- "Snape stepped forward, waved his wand, and the snake vanished in a small puff of black smoke."
The Snake-Vanishing Spell (Vipera Evanesca) is a transfiguration spell that vanishes snakes. As such, it can be used as a counter-spell for the Snake Summons Spell, the Fire to snake spell, or any other spell that produces snakes.
History of use
During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this spell was taught to fifth year Defence Against the Dark Arts students by then then Professor Patricia Rakepick, in order to teach them something both valuable and useful, considering how little they had learnt in previous years.
Vipera is a genus of venomous vipers, a type of snake. Evanesca likely shares its origin with Evanesco, which means "disappear" in Latin -- Evanesca would be the imperative form of the verb, making this incantation a command for the serpent to disappear.
Behind the scenes
- This spell appears to be related to the Vanishing Spell, given the similar effects and etymology.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets the cobra burned away, leaving some ash, rather than disappearing in a cloud of black smoke, as it is portrayed in the novel.
- It is unknown if used against Nagini, who was a Horcrux, she would vanish. However, given the near-indestructibility of Horcruxes, as well Nagini's proven resistance to Blasting Curses, the spell probably would have failed if used against her.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (First identified as Snake-Vanishing Spell)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
- ↑ Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year Take the O.W.L.s
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 See this image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)